Pensioner’s pride as work is chosen for music event

Carillon compose John Knox from Amble.'Picture Jane Coltman
Carillon compose John Knox from Amble.'Picture Jane Coltman

An 82-year-old composer has spoken of his pride after his work was chosen to be the subject of a professional music organisation’s annual congress.

John Knox, from Amble, said that the selection honour was the result of a lifetime of effort and dedication to the carillon – a large instrument using tower bells.

Having had a love for the instrument since the 1950s, his arrangements have been selected for the Congress of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA).

The event takes place in June and all of the recitalists have been asked to play one of his compositions.

John has been invited to Colorado, in the USA, for the showcase and he will be giving a talk about his musical scores.

He said: “It is an honour to be the subject of a GCNA Congress, where there will also be the first performance of a new piece of my music, entitled Octotones for the Mile High City.”

The GCNA is a professional organisation dedicated to the promotion of the carillon in North America. It holds its annual Congress at a different location each year, lasting about four days.

It isn’t the first time that John, who studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music and has had his work published, has received international recognition.

Last year, he was invited to the University of Sydney, Australia, to hear a concert consisting entirely of his compositions and arrangements.